What I liked / didn’t like about the orioles three-day road trip to Toronto.
Game 1: 5-2 win on Monday night (May 11)
Game 2: 10-2 loss on Tuesday night (May 12)
Game 3: 6-1 win on Wednesday night (May 13)
What I liked:
1. Ubaldo Jimenez’s start in Game 1 – The resurgence of Ubaldo continued. He allowed two runs in seven innings, recording nine strikeouts. Ubaldo, who was so bad last season that he was removed from the rotation in August and kept off the Orioles’ ALCS roster, now has a 2.41 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over six starts this season.
2. Miguel Gonzalez’s start in Game 3 – Gonzalez allowed one run (unearned) in 7 2/3 innings. He now has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his seven starts this season, good for an ERA of 2.93.
3. Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes – The Orioles’ two hottest hitters continued to produce, as Machado and Paredes combined for 10 of the team’s 22 hits in the series.
Machado went 5-for-13, including a solo homer in Game 1 and two doubles in Game 2. He now has a .943 OPS this month.
Paredes went 5-for-12 with a walk. He now has a 12-game hitting streak and a 1.050 OPS over 21 games this season. Perhaps most impressively, Paredes has been so good offensively that he’s compelled Buck Showalter, who doesn’t like to have a regular DH, to use Paredes as the regular DH, though Paredes’ poor defense does have something to do with that.
What I didn’t like:
1. Chris Tillman’s start in Game 2 – Tillman allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits, a walk and two hit-by-pitches. He entered this season having been the Orioles’ best starting pitcher over the previous 2 ½ seasons, but he now has a 6.34 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over seven starts this year. And the extent to which Tillman has gotten slaughtered by the Blue Jays over three starts this season is jaw-dropping: 19 runs in 13 2/3 innings on 21 hits and nine walks.
2. The defense in Game 2 – The O’s committed three errors in Game 2, during which four of the five runs given up by the bullpen were unearned. Manny Machado had a throwing error during the Blue Jays’ four-run seventh. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy had throwing errors during the Blue Jays’ four-run eighth.
3. Two additions to the 15-day disabled list again – The O’s placed Ryan Flaherty back on the D.L. with a right groin strain on Tuesday. He was placed on the D.L. on April 24 (retroactive to April 23) with a right groin strain, was reinstated on May 8, appeared to tweak the groin last weekend and then left Game 1 of this series in the top of the third.
The O’s placed Jason Garcia on the D.L. on Wednesday retroactive to May 11 with right shoulder tendinitis. He was acquired by the O’s from Houston for cash considerations following the Astros taking him with the fourth overall pick in the Rule-5 Draft last December and has struggled, allowing nine earned runs in 13 2/3 innings. The O’s are in a difficult spot with Garcia. Because he is a Rule-5 pick, they must keep him on the 25-man roster all season or risk losing him via waivers or by offering him back to his original organization (Boston).